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Te Kupu o te Wiki – 2018/19

In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), we are again bringing you Te Kupu o te Wiki … not just for a week: for a whole year! The theme for this year is Kia kaha te reo Māori.

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Let’s make the Māori language strong!

Here are some things to do:

  1. Register for Kupu o te Rā and you will also receive Te Kupu o te Wiki every Monday.
  2. Tell your friends and your workplace they can sign up here too!
  3. Want to plan ahead or practise to impress your friends? See below for the first set of kupu together with the sound files (MP3s).

ako(na)learn, teach
waiata(tia)to sing, song
tuhi(a)draw, write
ki tōku nei mōhioto my knowledge
pātai(tia)question, to ask a question
whakamārama(tia)to explain
whai (whāia)to follow, to chase, to pursue
mahi(a)to do, work, make
titiro (tirohia)look
manaaki(tia)look after, care for, show respect or kindess to
huito gather, assemble, a meeting
māramato understand
whiwhito receive, to be awarded
rongo (rangona)hear, smell, taste
kite(a)see, find
wāhangapart, portion, section/ chapter, episode
iwitribe, people (at a gathering)
tuakanaelder sibling (of the same sex)
teinayounger sibling (of the same sex)
wānangaplace of learning
tika(ina)to be right, correct, straight, in order
Whāia te iti kahurangi!Strive for something of great value!
Mō taku hē!I'm sorry! My bad!

More kupu coming soon…

Also see resources available at